I’ve been keeping this list.
I call it “The Big List of Trying.”
It started as a reflection about my life as I near the half century mark. I guess I'm trying to quantify the sheer number of weird, wild, and whimsical experiences I’ve collected. I was curious about what's made me curious over the years. So I've captured things that I've done in the service of satisfying that curiosity - or in somehow advancing me on my quest for self improvement.
The list is long, and I’m sure, incomplete. My memory is also long, but selective. I can never leave well enough alone so I expect to make many updates, revisions, and re-classifications.
I like this list. It’s ambitious and eclectic. It’s hopeful, but a little heart-breaking. (So. Many. Diets.) And the stories. Whoa. The Stories.
So, I’ll publish the list here for your entertainment, but I’ll also be using it as a springboard for future entries. If you see a link, it’s because I’ve written about that already somewhere.
Feel free to let me know if any of these pique your interest for a future post. And, if you know me well enough, let me know what’s missing!
The Big List of Trying
My first storytelling moment.
Singing in a bar band
Giving a keynote speech
Irish Dancing (as a kid)
Baking class (pies, cobblers, and crumbles)
Cooking Class (New Orleans)
Kahn Academy (Chemistry: to see if I could finally learn to balance equations)
Aerial Yoga ca 2013
Ballet Beautiful workout
Bikram (hot) yoga
Other Yoga (Hatha/Kundalini/Ashtanga/Yin)
Surf Set (surfing inspired fitness)
That time I flew a plane, briefly.
Roller blading (it was the 90s)
Bridge climb Australia
Milked cows on dairy farm
Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef
Sledding down a hill in a rowboat
Naked public baths (Japan)
Walking on hot coals (Tony Robbins)
Jumping off rocks into a natural “pool” (Costa Rica)
Flying an airplane
Bike riding lesson (failed)
Polar Bear Plunge
Stand Up Paddleboard
Accidental couples massage/spa treatments (more than once, in fact, so many times)
Japanese Tea ceremony
Spirituality/Personal Development/Body Work
Sound healing/sound bath
Hydrotherapy (floating in a salt tank)
Meditation: Japa Mala, visualization, theta healing, silence, Pranayama (breathwork)
Diets/Weird Food Stuff
Day 2 of a juice cleanse. I was delirious and ranting about how abusive coconut water is. ca 2014.
Low fat/high carb
Low carb/high fat
Ayurvedic meal planning
VB6 (vegan before 6pm)
Lean cuisine diet
Special K diet